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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2008 8:05 pm 
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Location: Dallas
School: Missouri State University
Location: Springfield, MO
Designated Media Market: Springfield (#74/210) 410K TV Households
Undergrad Enrollment: ~23k
US News and World Report Rank: ---
Endowment: ~#446 nationally with 55.8M
Current Designation: FCS (Gateway Football Conference/MVC)
Proposed Destination: Division I-FBS (CUSA/CUSA West/Sunbelt/Gateway/MVC/Southland/MAC)
Football Stadium: Plaster Sports Complex
Stadium capacity: 16,600
Football Attendance: 10,023 (ave. 2004-2006)
NFL competition: No. KC is a good distance.
Distance: N/A
BBall Stadium: on campus Hammons Student Center/ The JQH Arena
BBall Capacity: 8,846/ 11,000
BBall Attendance: 6647 (75%) over the last 5 years
NBA competition: No
Distance: N/A
Athletic Budget: $12.0M

Arguement: One of several MVC schools who are getting into a very good position to jump to FBS in the next 8-15 years. They are moving into a new 11K BB stadium that gives them the potential to be a very attractive conference mate to schools like St. Louis and Memphis in the near future. (Not saying this is LIKELY, things would have to break a certain way.)

The MVC is as good a basketball home as one could want, but only 3 or 4 schools in the conference have legit FBS dreams. Do you join the MAC and take the BB hit? Do you pull int the other 2 and try to lasso in schools in the region who may not be totally satisfied with their lot into a new conference? (UNT, Ark State, NM State, La Tech, N. ILL).

Could you create a football only conference ala the Gateway, but FBS level?

Do you approach the Southland 4 (Sam Houston, Lamar, Texas State, UTSA) and see if you can lasso in UNT and Ark State for a Football only conference? There are a lot of options --- all with their own problems --- if you make the jump.

The football stadium needs to be enlarged to 30K.


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PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2008 1:23 pm 
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Their women's basketball team fills half their arena. Not bad, and certainly helps lessen the load for other programs.

Still, jack up the football attendance, then we'll talk.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 20, 2008 12:12 am 
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Those actually are pretty healthy attendance numbers for an FCS school with a 16K stadium. Percentage of capacity is a key. Remember they may sell out two great FCS matchups and have mediocre attendance at the rest. With the enrollment at the university, it is entirely likely that a big FBS game might sell out a far larger stadium.


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